That’s a terrific first sentence. But at the pace he’s publishing—[Jeffrey] Eugenides is 51—there will never be many of his books at which to look…
I’ve never read the Virgin Suicides, but old dude is totally old. I kind of don’t see artist productivity as a huge problem … total strain on the welfare system, or whatever, but I doubt Eugenides is living hand-to-mouth. all the same, these are interesting thoughts (and getting kind-of-topical here).
we roll our eyes at how seldom Time magazine puts writers on its cover … and sense this is evidence of the public’s shrinking appetite for quality literature. perhaps it has got more to do with our novelists’ lagging output, their eroded willingness to be central to the cultural conversation.
'Dear Important Novelists: Be Less Like Moses and More Like Howard Cosell' (NY Times: 16 September 2011)
Understanding Bourdieu - loving hating this just now. total romance.
um. sociologist/philosopher who was into culture and who was, according to a reputable source, ‘one of the most important public faces of intellectuality in France’? which is cute, considering that ‘intellectuality’-as-something-determined-by-appearance is kind of his area.
yes. punctuating text with non-English phrases for intellectual emphasis. or mo/pomo hilarity. things that are relevant to my interests.